Liz was nice enough to send me an update on this hugeeee belly piece I did for her a couple of months ago.  It’s looking great!

Liz was nice enough to send me an update on this hugeeee belly piece I did for her a couple of months ago. It’s looking great!

Could you tell me why plugs are so expensive? I don't understand how some simple wood plugs could cost $150

The raw material (aka wood) can be expensive, rare, and hard to find.  Some wood needs to be shelved to dry for YEARS before it can be made into jewelry.  Then that wood is turned in a space dedicated to making jewelry, on equipment that costs money to purchase and maintain, by a person who has to be paid well for their expertise.  Then it gets polished, inspected for quality, and shipped to a studio. At the studio, it gets inspected, periodically oiled, put on display, and must be sold at a profit to cover all the costs incurred in the process.  

A well made pair of something as simple as wood plugs takes a lot of love and dedication, and a small initial investment ensures you’ll be able to enjoy them for years to come.

What can I do to be a stand out client? I've been pierced a few times and always tip what I can $15-$25 (is that a good amount? Not enough?) I know I can be a bit squirmy when the actual piercing happens, but I try to stay still as I can. I've been reading about food tips and whatnot and was just wondering if there's something I can do to make a piercer's job a bit easier. :) thanks so much for your help!
Anonymous

Any piercer worth your time is more worried about your heart than they are about your wallet.  Hearty cash tips are totally welcome, but at the end of the day, you don’t need to buy our love.  Some piercers totally love snacks, others are picky eaters, so be careful with unannounced snacks as they might not go over super well. (for example, I’m allergic to bananas, and I feel like 1/2 the time a client tries to give me food, it’s full of them)  I’ve received all sorts of things as tips over the years, but it was the hugs, the teary-eyed thank yous, the original art, and those sorts of things that I’ll prize forever.  Money just gets spent.

If you want your piercer to think highly of you, be sure to let them take the lead with jewelry selection, ask them for their opinion on what looks good and what they think works best for you, and take great care of your piercings according to their instructions.  Stop by for check ups, and be someone they want to see come by. 

Philadelphia, PA!  I’ll be in Bensalem hanging with my friends at Mean Street Tattoos this Wednesday, September 17th through Wednesday the 24th.  Come say hi!  Richardeffinivey@gmail.com for info and appointments.  Philly kids: reblog this!

Philadelphia, PA! I’ll be in Bensalem hanging with my friends at Mean Street Tattoos this Wednesday, September 17th through Wednesday the 24th. Come say hi! Richardeffinivey@gmail.com for info and appointments. Philly kids: reblog this!

Curious about an apadravya and ampalang forming an X shape vs a + shape? Would it be a viable, long term piercing option? Pros, cons?
Anonymous

At this point in the game, if there’s a placement you don’t commonly see being executed, there’s probably a very good reason for it.  

With what you suggested here, the piercings not sitting perpendicular to the tissue would almost guarantee irritation and discomfort, and for solely that reason, I wouldn’t recommend or execute piercings in that placement.   

When you do scarifications do you use lidocaine or epinephrine at all? If so do you not use it on request?

I use a topical anesthetic available “over the counter” that contains lidocaine and epinephrine.  

I wouldn’t use it on a client who has allergies to “-caine” products or epi, but that would influence the size and complexity of a design I’d be willing to undertake on a client.  

p.o.v on magnetic implants?
Anonymous

I have three of them.  I think they’re super cool, even though I sometimes “pinch” them under my skin.  I don’t really use them for bar tricks, but I do enjoy when they subtly remind me of the presence of a stronger magnet or electronic force.  I know they’ll need to come out one day, and I can’t say that I’ll be super sad to see them go (or that I’m looking forward to actually having them removed).

They’re neat for what they really are, which is a reminder that there are forces we can’t see in action, making the life we live possible.  I don’t think they should be everyone’s first “extreme” modification like they seem to have become, especially since we know there’s a time limit on their longevity. 

vaughnbodyarts:

Our client Michelle has some mighty fancy ears. Pictured on the right is her fresh helix piercing richardeffinivey pierced while guest spotting at VBA last week. For that piercing she chose a lovely anatometal cluster with white and black opals hand set in implant grade titanium. She also has a lovely BVLA white gold “Sarai” in her tragus Cody pierced back in April. Pictured on the left is a beautiful light blue opal cluster she picked up last night for her healed helix piercing. Great choices, Michelle. Your ears look fantastic. 

vaughnbodyarts:

Our client Michelle has some mighty fancy ears.

Pictured on the right is her fresh helix piercing richardeffinivey pierced while guest spotting at VBA last week. For that piercing she chose a lovely anatometal cluster with white and black opals hand set in implant grade titanium.

She also has a lovely BVLA white gold “Sarai” in her tragus Cody pierced back in April.

Pictured on the left is a beautiful light blue opal cluster she picked up last night for her healed helix piercing.

Great choices, Michelle. Your ears look fantastic. 

"I have to keep moving. Got iron in my blood. If I sit still, I rust." - Dan Castello, Tomahawk, 1951

"I have to keep moving. Got iron in my blood. If I sit still, I rust." - Dan Castello, Tomahawk, 1951

Hey! Just wondering, Is it possible for a tongue to be too small to pierce? I have a hard time sticking mine very far outside my mouth..
Anonymous

A prominent lingual frenulum could make a tongue piercing a bad idea.  Not only would it make the piercing process difficult, a ball resting against the frenulum (webbing) of the tongue would be uncomfortable at best.  Your best bet is to visit your local reputable body piercer and have them assess your anatomy.